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Telehealth Gives Senior Centers a Gateway to Patient Engagement

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Senior centers across the country are deploying a wide range of telehealth and mHealth technologies to keep their residents active and engaged. One such example is Front Porch, a Glendale, Calif.-based non-profit comprising 10 full-service retirement...

Allergists’ Association Supports Telemedicine for Specialty Care

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Healthcare specialists who focus on allergies could use telehealth or telemedicine to improve clinical outcomes, reduce access and travel issues for their patients and boost their bottom line by treating more people, according to the American...

Apple Unveils mHealth Integration With EMR Data Through Health App

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Patients at 12 national health systems will soon be able to access their EMR data on an iPhone or iPad, thanks to an mHealth upgrade from Apple. The tech giant announced this week that iOS 11.3 will include a feature that allows users to access...

How Are States Using Telemedicine to Tackle the Opioid Abuse Crisis?

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With the nation in the grip of an opioid abuse crisis, doctors and pharmacists see telemedicine and telehealth as an opportunity to improve outcomes by improving the distribution and management of controlled substances. But the U.S. Drug Enforcement...

Mobile Health Units Are Latest Telehealth Tool to Fight Opioid Abuse

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Six mobile health units are providing telehealth services in western New York in an effort to combat the state’s drug abuse crisis. Funded by a $1.7 million grant, Buffalo-based BestSelf Behavioral Health deployed four vehicles in September...

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Poised to Consider Ban on Ocular Telehealth

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The ongoing battle between state lawmakers and telemedicine supporters over online eye exams has reached Pennsylvania, where a bill establishing guidelines for telemedicine use and coverage includes a provision banning ocular telehealth. Senate...

Telemedicine Programs Feature Prominently in Latest USDA DLT Grants

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Federal officials are targeting telemedicine programs to improve mental health counseling and tackle the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic in the latest round of Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grants. In all, the U.S. Department...

New ECHO Telemedicine Project Targets Diabetes Care Coordination

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Primary care providers in Florida and California will soon be using telemedicine to improve care management and coordination for patients with Type 1 diabetes. Armed with a $1.6 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable...

Licensing Compact Goes Live, Opening Door to Telehealth for Nurses

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Licensed nurses in 29 states can now use telehealth to treat patients in other states, under terms of the Enhamced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). Under the eNLC, overseen by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, registered nurses...

Microsoft Ends mHealth App Experiment, Shuts Down HealthVault

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Microsoft is shutting down its line of personal mHealth apps, abruptly ending a program that sought to engage users in creating a digital platform for health and wellness. The company announced online that it would be closing out all iOS, Android...

Can mHealth Make the Connection Between Providers and Minorities?

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Healthcare providers looking to connect with minorities should develop an mHealth strategy that focuses on the smartphone. That’s the takeaway from a pair of studies published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care. The studies...

An mHealth Wearable Helps Cedars-Sinai Doctors Manage Patient Care

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Physicians at Cedars-Sinai Hospital are using an mHealth wearable to track and improve recovery times for post-operative patients. In a program that began roughly one year ago, patients are given a Fitbit after undergoing major surgery to track...

Telemedicine Consults Help Save About $500 Per Patient

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A telemedicine consult platform for cardiology cases saved almost $500 per patient in Medicaid costs over in-person treatments, according to a newly released study. In what’s being billed as the first published randomized study of the eConsult...

mHealth Apps for Chronic Care Struggle to Solve the Motivation Issue

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mHealth apps have the potential to help people with chronic conditions manage their health. Yet according to new research, that particular population isn’t taking advantage of those apps. A team of researchers led by Rebecca Robbins, PhD,...

Cedars-Sinai Study Finds mHealth, RPM Aren’t Changing Outcomes Yet

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mHealth sensors in smartwatches, fitness bands and other wearables aren’t improving patient outcomes in remote monitoring programs, according to a new study conducted at Cedars-Sinai. But researchers say the issue is one of volume rather...

Mayo Clinic to Explore The Use of Telemedicine for Stent Surgeries

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A projected shortage of cardiologists is pushing the Mayo Clinic to consider telemedicine for conducting some minimally invasive coronary interventions, such as inserting stents. The Minnesota-based health system recently announced a multi-phase,...

Telehealth Lends a Helping Hand to Senior Fall Prevention Programs

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A Los Angeles-based provider of senior healthcare services is expanding its telehealth footprint to help more seniors stay out of the hospital. The Los Angeles Jewish Home has been using a telehealth platform to help seniors recover from joint...

Missouri Bill Aims to Remove Most Barriers to Telehealth Adoption

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Missouri lawmakers are contemplating a bill that would loosen the reins on telehealth, potentially making the Show Me State one of the most lenient in the country. HB 1617, sponsored by State Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City), would, among other...

VA Puts Telehealth to Work in ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ Care Initiative

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With Congressional approval in hand, the Department of Veterans Affairs is moving forward with plans for a national telehealth network for veterans. The VA recently awarded a $260 million contract to 1Vision LLC, a subsidiary of HMS Technologies,...

UnitedHealth Gives MA Members an mHealth Link to Diabetes Care

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UnitedHealth Group is launching an mHealth program to help its Medicaid Advantage members with type 2 diabetes. The insurer, which boast some 4.3 million seniors in its MA plans, is giving an undisclosed number of members the Dexcom Mobile Continuous...

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